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Toradze Piano Studio

The Toradze Piano Studio is a unique phenomenon in today's musical world-an assemblyof highly passionate,masterful piano virtuosos of several generations - students and associates of Alexander Toradze. The Studio presents thematic programs consisting of the piano and chamber works of a selected composer, performed chronologically, accompanied by commentary and discussion.It'sapproach reflects the composer's evolving development and actively engages the audience in the live process of creatinghis multidimentional portrait.

The Studio made its initial international appearance at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia at the invitation of Valery Gergiev, music director of the Mariinsky Theater, performing theStravinsky's competemusic for solo and multiple pianos and Prokofiev's sonata cycle.  Since then the Studio has appeared throughout the world to rave reviews in Edinburgh, Stresa, Italy, Rotterdam, Mikkeli, Finland, as well as the Hollywood Bowl, the Ravinia Festival, the Gilmore Festival and New Jersey.  Last year, the Studio performed in New York presenting Prokofiev's sonata cycle to critical acclaim. The Studio has also presented "musical marathons" of the works of Bach, Dvorak, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff, as well as the works of a number of American composers, including Barber, Copeland, Farwell Gottschalk, Griffes and Ives. Many of the Studio's projects were conceived in collaboration with its artistic adviser, Joseph Horowitz.

The Studio was established in 1991 at Indiana University South Bend with the appointment of Alexander Toradze as Martin Endowed Professor of Piano. Soon it began touring as a piano ensemble-the first of its kind in the United States.  Toradze's idea of the "touring conservatory studio" is rooted in the Russian/European educational practice - and is filled as much with tradition as emotion.  A 'class' concert of an influential professor would be one of the most important performance opportunities for the young aspiring musician.  The 'class' would also travel outside the conservatory, to gain performance experience on the road, to recruit new young talent and educate the public.  In this tradition, the Toradze Piano Studio has provided both an educational environment for young musicians from many different countries as well as a performance platform for its more experienced members.  The Studio is equally unique as it comprises an extended family - with members sharing their lives, learning and performing together.

During the season 2002/2003, the Studio appeared in Italy (Rome, Venice and at the Ravenna Festival), Germany (Ruhr Piano Festival and Berlin Festspiele) as well as in United Kingdom (Wigmore Hall, London).  In the United States, the Studio will present marathons of the works ofBach, Dvorak, Scriabin, Prokofiev and Stravinsky in New York, Chicago,Washington, D.C. and Boston.

Alexander Toradze in conversation with Joe Horowitz

Indiana University South Bend
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